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Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Bendigo, Victoria

The origins of the Bendigo Sub Branch go back to 1916. The splendid building that houses the Museums collection was completed in 1921 by public subscription, a fitting tribute to the AIF. The RSL was granted tenure of occupancy from that day.The Museums beginning dates back to 1996 and was finally opened to the public in Feb 1998. The collection at present covers from the Boer War to Iraq, medals, diaries, weapons, uniforms, personnel effects, trench art, a library and the Grinton collection "A Camera on the Somme". Such is the collection that we are now rotating items of memorabilia.

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37 - 39 Pall Mall Bendigo. P.O.Box 42 Long Gully 3550 Victoria
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+61 03 54424513

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Closed for Restoration

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37 - 39 Pall Mall Bendigo Victoria

vern sinclair 13 January 2019 11:26 AM

Extremely disappointed with my recent visit.. No longer have we a great collection of military history on display anymore.museum looks more like an art gallery.Total waste of money on refurbishment as is.CURATOR please restore museum to former standard.Will not be recommended to any visitors.TOTALLY DISGUSTED...

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BOOK - Infantry Section Leading 1970

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Army manual for infantry sections. Blue vinyl covered cardboard covers, with spine at top and text printed in white.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside cover "Cpl Hosking"

BOOK - One Man's War

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black & brown soft cover book. Front cover has sepia photo of a soldier holding a rifle in his left hand. 288 pages.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written in pen on page following title page: Author's details & address of NOK plus directions if diary is found.

WEBBING KIT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Webbing kit complete including 1908 pattern webbing, gas mask haversack, personnel items, rations. Refer attached sheet. .1) Waist belt with brass buckles & keepers. .2) Braces x 2, connects to waist belt & large pack. .3) Bayonet. .4) Bayonet carrier. .5) Bayonet scabbard. .6) Entrenching tool carrier [fits to .5)]. .7) Entrenching tool handle, wood & metal [fits to .6)]. .8) Entrenching tool, metal, combination shovel & pick. .9) Entrenching tool carrier [fits inside .8)]. .10) Cartridge carriers x 2, 1 left hand, 1 right hand. .11) Water bottle, metal, blue colour. .12) Water bottle cover, khaki wool. .13) Water bottle carrier. .14) Pack, large. .15) Great coat, wool, [inside .14)]. .16) Helmet, steel with inside liner & chin strap. .17) Mess tin carrier, replica. .18) Haversack, side pack. .19) Carry all, white cotton, for personnel hygiene items [inside .18)]. .20) Razor, cut throat [inside .19)]. .21) Comb [inside .19)]. .22) Toothbrush [inside .19)]. .23) Shaving brush [inside .19)]. .24) Laces, leather, not original, [inside .19)]. .25) Soap [inside .19)]. .26) Tin bully beef x 2, replicas, [inside .18)]. .27) Tin stew, replica, [inside .18)]. .28) Pair socks, khaki wool, not original, [inside .18)]. .29) Field dressing, WWII issue, [inside .18)]. .30) Towel, brown colour, not original, [inside .18)]. .31) Gas mask carrier bag & straps. .32) Water bottle, metal, blue colour, [inside .31)].

Historical information

The 1908 pattern was used during WWI, made from woven cotton & water proofed.

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Photo in sepia tone re "Bert" Lodington. Central photo on cardboard backing. Soldier standing in uniform holding a riding crop. Backing is light brown with ornamental surrounds.

Historical information

Cuthbert "Bert" Lodington enlisted under the Alias George Williams No 1608, 3/6th Batt AIF. KIA 8.5.15. Refer 2072 medals for full service details.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Marlborough studios 123 Swanston St Melbourne"

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Gold frame with glass front, dark green border with brown background. Photo of 6 head shots of 6th Brigade Machine Gun Team 1928 with cup in centre on white background. Frame has cardboard backing with silver wire hanging strap with 2 black cushion buttons at bottom. Cab 26 1687/1 on white tag at bottom RHS back.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dad CAPT ROY SHADFORTH on top of background. Names of other 5 members beside each photo on background. 6th Brigade Machine Gun Team 1928 Seymour Winners of Vickers Machine Gun Competition on bottom.

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Heavy wooden frame, brown with khaki border, glass front, sepia photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Great War 1914-1919 Ruins of the Cathedral and Cloth Hall Ypres, Belguim October 23 1917

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Large, dark, wooden framed photo of soldier.

Historical information

THOMAS ROBINS HILSON. Refer 1516 for Service History also 1517.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: THOMAS ROBINS HILSON No. 2088, 3rd Reo's 38th Batt AIF. Enlisted 22.03.1916 aged 18, Discharged from AIF 8.8.1919. Donated by Mrs Reay Joyner. On back in black texta: Information.

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Framed photo showing mounted bandsmen with trees in the background. HENRY HOLMBERG is 2nd from left. The tan wooden frame has moulding on the outer edge. Black & white photo is mounted on grey background with gold edging around glass.

Historical information

HENRY HOLMBERG No's 334, 26673, 8th L.H Regt AIF. Refer 54P for full service records re Henry and brother Carl. Also 626.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back in black texta: Hi Leslie In gold lettering RH bottom corner of grey background: Frazer & Vallance Melbourne

BELT, LEATHER

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Belt, brown leather with metal buckle front, 3 flap top press stud pockets along belt, Service Corp Badge & US Badge attached to front.

Inscriptions & Markings

In gold lettering under one pocket flat: 1-JAH V246172

BADGE, RIBBON AND TIN

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Felt backed badge of rank showing lion mounted on padded crown in red plush & gold braid, all mounted on black felt. .2) Small piece of medal ribbon, red centre with blue & white stripes. .3) Tin, metal, nickel plated.

Historical information

Re: BRIGADIER ERNEST MORGAN WILLIAMS See also: 2534, 2580, 2592.2P, 2593.2, 2594.2 & 2596.2

BOOK - the 38th Battalion AIF

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Book, soft cover, greyish colour. title at top with figure of a soldier in centre. Official history of the 38th Btn AIF.

Historical information

Hughy Pippin 1895 C Coy 38th Batt AIF. This his copy. Refer 1502 medals, 1513.4 documents.

DOCUMENT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) & .2) Acknowledgement of an application for a Soldier Settlement Grant post WWII

Historical information

Part of WILLIAM HOLMES COLLECTION. Refer 2548.2P his service history. The applications relate to the following; Percy Douglas James HEARD No V170819 enlisted on 15.1.1942 age 26 years old. At discharge from the Army on 15.11.19145 he was a Pte in 135th Australian General Transport. Ronald Alveston Johnstone No VX15541 enlisted on 17.5.1949 age 22 year’s old. At discharge from the Army he was a Gunner in 2/2nd Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt.

MEDAL

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Australian Defence Service Medal, court mounted, for 15 years service, replica not engraved.

TIE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

2nd 8th Battalion AIF colour patch tie. White over red, split background horizontally with grey border on navy blue background. Navy blue lining one end of tie.

Inscriptions & Markings

On label: makers name & 100% polyester.

NEWSPAPER - The Argus

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

The Argus, Melbourne Tuesday June 2 1942. 6 pages. Main headlines: - 3 midget subs sunk in Sydney Harbour - Rommel trying to fight his way out - No more beer for Germany - Planning vase air offensive

BADGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Lapel badge, Anzac commemorative 1915

Historical information

Gilbert Turner MM, No 1410 45 th Batt AIF. Refer 1294P, 1039P, 1038, 1173, 1176.2.

Inscriptions & Markings

" G Turner."

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medal set, court mounted, set of (3) re R Telford. 1. 1914-15 Star. 2. War Medal 1914-19. 3. Victory Medal.

Historical information

Robert Slyvester TELFORD, No. 2048 enlisted on 27.8.14 in 3rd Aust Field Artillery Bde. Embarked for Eygpt 20.10.14. Joins MEF for Gallipoli 4.4.15. Embarks for France 23.3.16, WIA 21.3.18 GSW left forearm, discharged from the AIF 18.2.19 medically unfit. Refer 157.2 medals re his brother.

Inscriptions & Markings

"2048 DVR R.TELFORD 3/FA BDE AIF"

BAYONET, JAPANESE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Bayonet only 1 side of hilt curved other ringed Japanese type 30 Bayonet

UNIFORM

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Service dress, post WWII. .1 Trousers. .2 Shirt, long sleeved. .3 Tie. .4 Dress jacket. .5 Cap. .6 & .7 Socks, pair. .8 & .9 Shoes, pair. .10 Belt.

COIN HOLDER & BAG

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Coin holder, metal, round, floral engraving, silver engraved on front. .2) Small, black cotton bag with fold over flap to hold .1).

Historical information

Items belonging to Horace Eli Hambly No 794 AIF. Refer 2325.2 for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) EM 19.7.14

ILLUSTRATIONS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Reproductions of paintings held at Australian War Memorial, Canberra depicting location scenes of WWI.

Historical information

CF Reg No 2533.26, 2539.3, 2541.2, 2542.8

Inscriptions & Markings

Individual descriptions of paintings handwritten on back.

CLOTH, SILK

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Orange silk, rectangular scarf/cloth. Embroidered in two diagonally opposite corners with motif incorporating crescent moon, star, globe and part wreath of leaves in blue, purple and white. Fringed in lattice and tassel design 12 cm deep.

Historical information

Pte. L.FORBES sent fabric home to his sister.

Inscriptions & Markings

See descriptions.

HAT, SLOUCH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Slouch hat, khaki, fur felt, light green puggaree, on side is brass Rising Sun badge with the wording: Australian Commonwealth Military Forces.

Historical information

No chin strap fitted.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside brim are the letters RSL

BINOCULARS & CASE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1 Steel Binoculars with metal/leather lens cap. Engraved details of German owner. .2 Leather Binoculars case with neck strap.Brass studs & buckles. Machine sewn & felt-lined. Of German origin. taken by Frederick Wigmore MM, No 1273, 6th Australian Machine Gun Company at Bullecourt in 1917

Historical information

Captured from Hindenberg Line east of Bullecourt 3?/5/17, Second battle of Bullecourt, by Frederick Wigmore No. 1273 6th Australian Machine Gun Company. He enlisted in the 23rd Batt AIF on 11.1.15. Embarked for Eygpt on 4.5.15 then to Gallipoli late August 1915. Disembarked from Gallipoli 10.1.16 in Eygpt. Transferred to 6th M.G.Coy 1.3.16. Embark for France 24.3.16. Awarded MIlitary Medal at Moquet Farm 25.8.16. Promoted Cpl 11.6.17. Promoted Sgt 19.12.17. WIA 29.8.18, GSW severe to forearm. Discharged from the AIF 21.4.19

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand-written in black letters on front of case "F. WIGMORE, 6th AUS MGC" On binoculars "D.F. 03.6 Fuch U.P. / Emil Busch, A.G. Ruthenow", "2 MGK. 5R 124.8", "Serial No. 105069", on binoculars. Hand-written on lens cover "Captured from Hindenberg Line East of Bullecourt 30/5/17

BOOK - Korea Remembered.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black soft cover. Front cover has large photo of soldier in uniform squatting and facing the camera. The back cover has a compilation of photos of two aeroplane,, a badge, a ship and a woman in uniform kneeling and holding a small white goat. Compiled and edited by Maurie Pears and Fred Kirkland. 394 pages.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signature on first page "P CHAPMAN".

BOOK - 1941

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Illustrated hardcover book with dust cover. Cover is black buckram with no wording. Dust cover has large B&W photo of St Paul's Cathedral in London, surrounded by smoke. Title is in large red text at top with author's name in white at bottom.

Historical information

ISBN 0-2411-0611-7

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside cover "RR Schiller" Flyleaf "Ivo Barrow Thurs 28.8.86" "[Mary Martin Aug 86 Booklist-B043-$2.00]"

BAYONET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Spike bayonet for British No 4 rifle, serial number 63.

TAPESTRY, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Cenotaph and fountain scene.

ALBUM, PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Photo album middle east palestine + Syria Navy tooled leather cover with red leather strap figured end papers

Historical information

photos presumably taken by the donor in the middle east

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Jack Lockett Aged 107 22/1/98 with P.M John Howard

LABEL

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black & white printed paper attached to cardboard.

Inscriptions & Markings

38th Infantry Battalion Genealogical Tree

PAINTING, FRAMED - Long Night Ahead

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Painting of Auro Lancaster flying above sunset clouds, brass caption plate. Frame - timber. Oils watercolours??

CERTIFICATE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Discharge Certificate No 21266 re TX4672 Pte Flood, Harold Douglas 2/29 Battalion, POB Cygnet Tasmania .2) Poor quality photo of Pte Flood.

CERTIFICATE, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

WWI Brothers - W F McCullough & R J McCullough. Frame, tan wooden, glass front, cardboard backing. Certificate, painted, coloured with a photo of each brother inserted.

Historical information

Reginald Joseph McCULLOUGH No 2203 enlisted in the AIF in 15th reinforcements 3rd LHRegt on 15.11.1915 age 28 years 7 months. Embarked for Egypt 16.3.1916, transfers to Artillery Details 15.5.1916, embark for England 28.6.1916, attached to 5th Div Artillery, embark for France 4.9.1916, transfer to 14th FAB 11.10.1917, WIA 2.11.1917, SW to right leg fracture, rejoin unit 19.7.1918, hospital 25.10.1918 with Cellulitis left knee then classified as Synovitis, transfer to AHQ 9.12.1918, hospital 20.12.1919, died Grove Military hospital England classed as Excema and Syncope 30.12.1919. William Francis McCULLOUGH No 2863 enlisted in the AIF in 6th reinforcements 24th Battalion on 12.7.1915 age 21 years. Embark for Egypt 27.10.1915, transfer to 7th Bn 24.2.1916, embark for France 26.3.1916, hospital 18.6.1916 Dental, rejoin unit 25.6.1916, hospital 4.11.1916 with Diarrehoea, rejoin unit 9.11.1916, hospital 22.4.1917 (unclear) rejoin unit 13.5.1917, transfer to 1st Aust Div Signals, discharged from the AIF 28.7.1919.

Inscriptions & Markings

On certificate: TWO MEN WENT FORTH FROM THIS HOME W F McCullough 1915 R J McCullough 1914 On sticker at bottom of glass: WORLD WAR I BROTHERS Donated by J E Wiles

UNIFORM, FEMALE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Jacket (11 buttons in jacket pocket). .2) Skirt

NOSE CAPS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Shell nose caps, brass, steel & aluminium with graduated markings. .1) Cone shaped nose cap. .2) Broken ring section, brass stem rounded nose cap.

Historical information

Details from label: WWI Shell nose caps with adjustment for range

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Graduated markings 0-22, stamped on cone: 146 287 V RAL T .2) Graduated markings K-70, stamped on cap: Dopp 2. 96. n/A, K514 (3 below 5)

LETTER

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Note from the "King" re W.E Cook, copy for display. Yellowish paper with Red seal at the top. Under in Red also is"Buckingham Palace." Under the letter is a signature of the King "George R.I." The letter is in a black frame with gold edging.

Historical information

The letter is a standard one that accompanied the "Commemorative Plaque" (655.3) when it was sent out to the next of kin. Refer William Edwin Cook 399.2, 398P, 401, 875.

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medal set, court mounted, set of (6) Re N. CARSON. 1. 1939 - 45 2. Africa star with clasp "8th Army" 3. Pacific Star 4. Defence Medal 5. War Medal 1939 - 45 6. Australian Service Medal

Historical information

Noel Carson No VX8214 enlisted in 2nd AIF on 14.5.40. At discharge from the AIF he was a Sgt in 2/7th Aust General Hospital.

Inscriptions & Markings

"VX 8214 N. CARSON"

CERTIFICATE, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Framed Certificate. HMAS Melbourne.

GOGGLES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Flying goggles WW2 Grey metal frame on leather lining Elastic strap with metal clips attached

CERTIFICATE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Certificate, copy of original from the Marong Shire Council. B & W reproduction re Thomas Alan Broadbent KIA 20.9.1918. Photo of Broadbent centre.

Historical information

Thomas Alan Broadbent. Refer 2322.2 for service history also 2568.2

BERET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Beret, cotton, jungle, with WW2 colour patch, vertical rectangle black and red denoting 57th/60th Batt 2nd AIF.

Historical information

Beret belonged to Douglas Charles Sharp VX92490 2nd AIF. Enlisted 27.5.43 age 18 years. At discharge on 22.10.46 he held th rank of Pte in 57th/60th Batt.

BOOK - A Guest of the Emperor.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Book hardcover - front cover is coloured red and black. Stylized imperial Japanese flag. Image of rail track in central foreground. Rising sun at top. Writing is in white ink. Japanese writing on left. Pages 141. Illustrated with maps and photos.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Donated by BGO YMCA". "Bill 0 with my best wishes - RUSSELL SAVAGE October 1995" Thailand Hellfire Pass - Ex POW Project.

TOWEL

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Green towel, brushed cotton, Army issue.

Historical information

Part of kit issued to Wayne Forbes 3176337 1 Field Sqd RAE. Refer 754 for service history also 2586.

Inscriptions & Markings

"7210 - 66 - 019 - 8149" "Palm Beach SA 1969"

BADGES, ARMY

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) "Peninsula Waterloo" copper badge. Oak leaves with a centre circle with silver letters "18H" surmounted with a crown. .2) "4th Light Horse badge. Oak leaves with kangaroo in centre looking to its rear. Ribbon underneath has "Fourth Light Horse" embossed. .3) Silver metal Maltese Cross badge surrounded by oak leaves bound with battle honour ribbons. Cross has battle honours within. In centre of cross is text "Rifle Brigade" and crossed powder horn design surmounted by a crown. .4) "83 QOR of Canada Overseas Battalion" badge. Gold oak leaf with crown at top, in centre is enamelled oval shape with text "QOR of Canada 83".

Historical information

The items were part of a collection relating to Frederick Campbell Moller No 2233 AIF. Refer 1661.3, 1680.3, 1682.5, 1663P.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 On ribbons "Peninisula" "Waterloo", in centre "Pro Patria Conamur"

BOOK - One Day at a Time

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

PHOTOGRAPHS & CONTAINER

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Black tin, hinged lid, heavily embossed with design of flowers. Possibly silver plated originally holds 36 photos. .2) - .26) Snapshots of battlefield damage.

Historical information

Items brought home by Horace Eli Hambly No 794 AIF. Refer 2325.2 for his service history.

CERTIFICATE, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Illustrated civic certificate commemorating voluntary service with gilt wooden frame.

Historical information

James Howard Hicks No 51964 enlisted in the RAAF on 16.3.1942. At discharge on 30.11.1945 he was an LAC in No 2 Operational Training Unit.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Shire of Huntly To James Howard Hicks. Signed by the President, 8 Councillors, & Shire Secretary. Hand written in red felt tip pen on back: From Mrs J Hicks Bannister St Bendigo

DIARIES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) .2). Detailed diaries written by G. L. Thomas VX 58918. They are written in ink and give a near daily account of life in Changi Prison camp 1942-45 as a POW

Historical information

George Llewellyn Thomas. Refer 1074P, 1075 medals.

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Brownn wooden frame, glass front, ply wood backing. Coloured photo of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in long white robe, hands together in front, watch on L wrist, necklace & tiara. Brown settee in background, portrait of Captain Cook on wall.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on bottom on white mounting: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.